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Milk may reduce risk of diabetes, 3-year study finds

Tuesday - 7/5/2011, 9:34am  ET

UNDATED - A key nutrient found in milk may help reduce the risk of diabetes, researchers say.

A three-year study involving 2,039 people with high blood sugar levels found that the higher the level of vitamin D in the participants' blood, the lower the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

The research doesn't prove cause and effect, but Dr. Anastassios Pittas of Tufts Medical Center in Boston tells WebMD.com if the study's results are confirmed, there are huge implications for the prevention of diabetes because vitamin D is easy and inexpensive.

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